Ten­sion as Officer is Killed in PNG

Fiji Sun - - ASIA/CHINA/PACIFIC NEWS -

Pa­pua New Guinea’s po­lice com­mand says it has re­stored some calm among the force in Port Moresby af­ter a se­nior officer was killed by off-duty mil­i­tary per­son­nel.

The Com­man­der for Zone Three in the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Dis­trict, Se­nior In­spec­tor An­drew To­vere, died at Port Moresby Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day.

Ac­cord­ing to FM100 News, the night be­fore, Snr In­spec­tor To­vere was al­legedly at­tacked by drunken, off-duty De­fence Force per­son­nel when po­lice were re­spond­ing to re­ports of the sale of al­co­hol at a black mar­ket.

The at­tack, which oc­curred at a set­tle­ment ad­join­ing the Po­lice Air Trans­port Ser­vices Unit base, came within hours of the in­tro­duc­tion of re­stric­tions on al­co­hol sale as part of PNG’s mea­sures in re­sponse to Covid-19.

In re­sponse to the at­tack, an­gry po­lice of­fi­cers were seen driv­ing in a con­voy around parts of Moresby yes­ter­day with their sirens blar­ing. Footage has also emerged of po­lice of­fi­cers fir­ing gun­shots into the air at one lo­ca­tion.

As ten­sions es­ca­lated, po­lice per­son­nel were urged by their com­man­ders to re­frain from car­ry­ing out any re­tal­ia­tory acts against the PNG De­fence Force.

Mr Wagam­bie added that po­lice have been con­tained and are back to nor­mal, say­ing he could not fore­see any trou­ble as long as the sus­pects are brought in.

The week­end ten­sion oc­curred soon af­ter PNG’s Emer­gency Con­troller, po­lice com­mis­sioner David Man­ning, is­sued new di­rec­tives re­strict­ing the sale of al­co­hol by ma­jor su­per­mar­kets and whole­salers on Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day.

Pa­pua New Guinea po­lice com­mand says it has re­stored some calm among the Force af­ter a se­nior officer was killed by off-duty mil­i­tary per­son­nel.

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